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Mix: Norway, ViddyUp, Cell phones, One Man Band

Apple has until June 21 to change the terms of conditions of its iTunes Music Store in Norway. “If Apple does not make its songs playable on all music devices by June 21, it faces fines which would then be followed by court action,” according to reports.

The developer of Podner, the iPod video conversion application for Mac OS X, has changed the software’s name to ViddyUp. The app also gains SubRip (SRT) subtitle support, more informative error display and minor appearance tweaks.

A recent survey, commissioned by handset maker Nokia, found that 67% of those questioned expect their cell phone to replace their MP3 player. The survey also found that 44% of people use their phones as their main camera.

One Man Band,” Pixar’s new short film from the recently released “Cars” movie, is now available from the iTunes Music Store for $1.99. The short tells the “humorous and heartwarming story of two rival street performers, Bass and Treble, who vie for the attentions (and coin) of a young peasant girl, Tippy.”

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“Ergo, the windows version of iTunes could, with an update, support WMA-DRM with relatively little effort on Appleā€™s part.”

You are acting like Microsoft is a god, but as I recall they are guilty of far worse business practices than Apple:

Posted by brian on June 13, 2006 at 8:58 AM (CDT)


No! what idiots want to use the mp3 player on their cell phone over an iPod, or any mp3 player for that matter! And to use their phones as actual cameras…what people are they interviewing!?

Posted by Dan on June 13, 2006 at 10:22 AM (CDT)


I don’t think Code Monkey would complain as he does if the iPod was a (to quote Code Monkey’s ‘trademark’ phrase) numerically insignificant player.

By the way, Rockbox, an open source firmware for DAPs provides you with the choice to play most common music formats on the iPod, excluding protected WMA, as hardware limitations prevent that particular functionality. The formats supported by Rockbox are listed here: MP3, Ogg Vorbis, AC3, AAC, Musepack, Midi, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, Shorten, WAV, and Wavpack. Is that enough choice for you?


Code Monkey, what players do you own that can play Ogg Vorbis, musepack or FLAC right out of the box? (The iPod can not play these formats in its stock form.)

Posted by LukeA on June 13, 2006 at 10:30 AM (CDT)


Dan, my thoughts exactly. I suspect it’s BS. Some markets may go that way (e.g. Korea, Japan) but most won’t.

A further comment re iPod and codecs: WMA is irrelevant so get over it. Consumers are happy with MP3 (and, through iTMS, AAC). WMA support will add nothing. Adding it will just let MS put another finger into someone else’s pie. Who gave them a mandate to have their crap software all over the place anyway?

Posted by Pikemann_Urge on June 13, 2006 at 7:46 PM (CDT)

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